Robbie Brady to start? 10 key things to know ahead of Preston's clash with Hull City
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Robbie Brady to start? 10 key things to know ahead of Preston's clash with Hull City

Preston are back at Deepdale this afternoon as Hull City visit for North End’s first home game of the new Championship campaign.

Preston North End vs. Hull City
Championship | Deepdale
August 6th 2022 | 3pm (UK)

North End travelled to Wigan Athletic last weekend and played out a 0-0 draw at the DW Stadium.

Ryan Lowe and co now return to Deepdale for a first competitive home game since May.

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That game ended in a 4-1 thrashing of Middlesbrough and Lowe would love a repeat performance against Hull City this afternoon.

That won’t be an easy task though, especially given that Hull beat Preston 4-1 at Deepdale in August 2021.

1. Who will North End be facing today?

Hull have been going through quite the revolution this summer.

The impact of owner Acun Ilicali has been felt and Hull have been able to push the boat out in the transfer market this summer.

Tobias Figueiredo, Ozan Tufan, Jean Michael Seri, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, Oscar Estupinan, Dogukan Sinik and Benjamin Tetteh headline an exciting window for the Tigers.

Shota Arveladze went with a 3-4-1-2 system in the 2-1 win over Bristol City last weekend; not all that dissimilar from Preston’s shape.

Five of those players started against Bristol City and are likely to do so again with Figueiredo, Seri, Tufan, Sayyadmanesh and Estupinan all featuring.

There could be a change to Sayyadmanesh’s role though, switching him from left wing back to striker whilst bringing Callum Elder back into the side.

Hull City predicted XI: Ingram; Jones, Figueiredo, Greaves; Coyle, Seri, Slater, Elder; Tufan; Sayyadmanesh, Esutpinan.

2. What’s the status of Bambo Diaby?

Defender Diaby wasn’t involved in the Preston squad for the trip to Wigan Athletic last weekend.

Some wondered whether Diaby had an injury concern or whether he was just being left out of the squad.

Boss Ryan Lowe has now confirmed that Diaby picked up a knock last Friday, meaning he was unable to face the Latics.

Lowe admitted that Diaby was back in training on Thursday, but it seems likely that this game will come too soon for the centre back.

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3. Predicted Preston lineup

Lowe is likely to stick with the 3-5-2 he has predominantly used during his time as Preston boss.

Freddie Woodman will be in goal for North End barring any late issues, and the back three of Jordan Storey, Liam Lindsay and Andrew Hughes ahead of him.

Preston still don’t have a new right wing back so Brad Potts may continue there, with former Hull man Robbie Brady on the left.

Ben Whiteman, Alan Browne and Daniel Johnson could make up the midfield three, with Troy Parrott and Emil Riis up top.

That would be an unchanged team from the side that drew 0-0 at Wigan, even though we would like to see Ali McCann come into the fold.

Ched Evans is suspended after a red card at Wigan, leaving Preston short of striking depth as teenager Mikey O’Neill could land a place on the bench.

Predicted Preston lineup: Woodman; Storey, Lindsay, Hughes; Potts, Browne, Whiteman, Johnson, Brady; Parrott, Riis.

Predicted Preston substitutes: Cornell, Bauer, Fernandez, Ledson, McCann, Woodburn, O’Neill.

4. A foot in both camps

That lineup would mean a start for Brady again, giving him a chance to play against his former club.

Brady, 30, joined Hull on loan from Manchester United twice; first in July 2011 and then again in November 2012.

Brady completed a permanent move to the MKM Stadium in January 2013, becoming a fan favourite.

The Irishman turned out 124 times for Hull, notching 14 goals as he turned out in the Championship and Premier League.

Brady left Hull for Norwich City in the summer of 2015 and will now be looking to secure a win over the Tigers this afternoon.

5. How have Preston fared against Hull?

Recent history is mixed. The first meeting last season resulted in a 4-1 thrashing at Deepdale but Cameron Archer’s winner secured a memorable away day win in February.

Preston’s first meeting with Hull came way back on Boxing Day in 1912, but there have been long spell of no meetings between the two clubs – such as a 10-year gap between 1995 and 2005.

North End have won 30 of the 67 meetings with Hull, but fans will remember heavy defeats like the one last season and the 4-0 hammering in November 2019.

The last six games against Hull have been in a pattern for Preston; lost, won, lost, won, lost, won.

Let’s hope there’s not another defeat to add to that pattern today!

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6. What has Ryan Lowe said?

Preston boss Lowe can’t wait to get back to Deepdale and give some appreciation to more than 11,000 fans who purchased season cards this summer.

After a draw last week, Lowe will also be looking to get the season really kickstarted with a victory today.

Lowe is under no illusions about the task ahead of him though, admitting that Hull are a ‘good team’ and that opposite number Shota Arveladze has been putting his stamp on the Hull side.

Lowe told North End’s official website that North End will give Hull respect but are just focusing on their own game rather than worrying about what Hull can do.

“They’re a good team. The manager’s brought his own players in now, and he’s trying to put his own stamp on it which they are,” said Lowe. “They had a good win last weekend at home. It’s going to be a tough game, we know, like every game in the Championship.”

“What we need to do is worry about ourselves and that’ll certainly be the aim, but we’ll respect Hull for what they’re trying to do and what they did at the weekend, but ultimately it’ll be about what we do,” he added.

7. Who is Shota Arveladze?

The man Lowe will be facing today is Hull’s Georgian boss Shota Arveladze.

Some will remember Arveladze from his playing days, as he spent four years playing for Rangers.

57 goals in 132 games there made Arveladze an Ibrox favourite, and he has turned his hand to coaching having retired in 2008.

Now 49, Arveladze has managed Turkish trio Kayserispor, Kasimpasa and Trabzonspor, as well as Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel and Pakhtakor Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

Arveladze was the bold choice to replace Grant McCann as Hull boss in January, and his record so far stands at seven wins in 20 games, with four draws and nine defeats.

8. What has Arveladze said?

Arveladze has been speaking about North End ahead of the game, and will be hoping to pick up a win over Lowe having lost 1-0 to his Preston side earlier this year.

The Hull boss has told the Hull Daily Mail that he thinks Preston are ‘aggressive’ and picked out North End’s strikers as players who work particularly hard.

Arveladze also noted that Preston have been together as a squad longer than his Hull side, so he is certainly expecting a very tough game tonight.

“At the beginning of the season, it’s about getting a good start, getting some good performances and some good results. They’re in a similar position to each other even though they drew and we won on Saturday,” said Arveladze.

“They’re a team that has played together longer than we have, they have some new players like us and it will take us time. Preston are an aggressive team who likes to dominate, especially on their own pitch with strikers that work very hard. We’re not expecting an easy game, obviously, it will be really tough against a real opponent we have to be 100 percent on our own game,” he added.

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9. Preston’s flag display

After attempting a ‘yellow wall’ display at Wigan last summer, Preston fans will again be looking to ramp up the pageantry for this game.

North End will be having a flag display for today’s game with more than 1000 flags on display at Deepdale.

It’s great to see North End fans pushing these ideas and hopefully it can only add to the atmosphere and push Lowe’s side to victory.

10. Who is the referee?

Jeremy Simpson has been named as the referee for Preston’s clash with Hull, and fans will just hope for a better showing than the one Bobby Madley served up at Wigan last week.

Simpson refereed 27 Championship games last season, including three Preston games.

The 3-2 defeat at Queens Park Rangers, 2-1 win at Stoke City and 4-1 home thrashing to Blackburn Rovers were all refereed by Simpson.

11 yellow cards were shown over the course of those three games but no penalties and no red cards.

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